Our family used to own an FD Civic. The low profile of the car means that the front bumper is close to the ground. In a carpark where the kerb is high, the bottom of the bumper would scrape the kerb, exposing the black base of the body-coloured bumpe, not to mention the unsightly scratch marks. I believe many FD Civic owners could share my pain. From this experience, I realized that body-coloured bumpers are not so practical after all, although they make the car look uniform in colour at the showroom.
Perhaps designers are realizing the problem with body-coloured plastic parts and in recent years, there have been an increase in the use of black plastic parts, especially in locations close to the ground. A case in point is the all new 2011 Ford Focus.
From the above illustrations, we can see that even the side of the undercarriage comes fitted with black plastics. The driver need not be worried about ugly scratch marks should he carelessly mount the kerb when negotiating a bend in a carpark. Going forward, I hope that more cars would adopt the subtle but practical design cues of the Focus.